Iko Uwais is reportedly in negotiations to play Hard Master in the scheduled G.I. Joe spinoff, Snake Eyes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Uwais made a name for himself after appearing in popular action movies The Raid and The Raid 2.
The spinoff will feature Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding as the titular hero Snake Eyes, a consistent fan favorite since Hasbro and Marvel relaunched the G.I. Joe toy line during the 1980s. Andre Koji will portray the movie’s villain Storm Shadow, a character who was once Snake Eyes sworn blood brother, now turned bitter enemy. If signed, Uwais’ character, Hard Master, is the sword-master who taught both Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow everything they know. Despite their training together, Snake Eyes eventually brought his talents to the Joes, while Storm Shadow aligned himself with a terrorist organization.
In addition to The Raid movies, Uwais has appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22 and, most recently, Stuber.
G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes is written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Charlie’s Angels, Beauty and the Beast, The Huntsman: Winter’s War). The story will allegedly follow Snake Eyes as he seeks revenge for his father’s death by joining a ninja clan.
Paramount, Skydance and Hasbro’s movie department, AllSpark pictures, will help produce the movie, which begins shooting in Vancouver and Tokyo this fall.